Oh hell no.Forbes: "Microsoft Admits Windows 10 Automatic Spying Cannot Be Stopped"
By default Windows 10 Home is allowed to control your bandwidth usage, install any software it wants whenever it wants (without providing detailed information on what these updates do), display ads in the Start Menu (currently it has been limited to app advertisements), send your hardware details and any changes you make to Microsoft and even log your browser history and keystrokes which the Windows End User Licence Agreement (EULA) states you allow Microsoft to use for analysis.
From the article:...it's 2015 and I still marvel at how and why people use Microsoft Windows.
I know what you mean. To be honest, the only reason I still use Windows is Office; it is still the best word processor and spreadsheet available. I run a small business, and although I could use Libre Office, it would make my life harder.There are also plenty of programs that I can't find under GNU/Linux - my hobby is ham radio, and so many of the programs I use or want to use are Windows only. Mind you, there is a big catalogue of ham radio programs for GNU/Linux, but there isn't much hardware support for ham radio gear.Having said all that, and with the difficulties I may have - I'm not going to take too much more from M$. It wouldn't take much for me to convert to GNU/Linux, it really wouldn't. But as it is, I'm lazy, and Windows works for me.
However, I imagine that ham radio tools would largely have been created as free/shareware by hobbyists and that thus most would probably be Windows-only,[/color]
Some features just seem to keep me on MS Office rather than Libre. If I create an invoice document with one PC and save it to OneDrive. I can then go to another PC open up Word and print it off. Which I find really handy. You can access OneDrive documents from within the program without having to save them to on-line storage and retrieve them later. This works seamless for me on Word. Yes, I could so this something like this with Libre, but it would take an extra couple of steps of saving and retrieving to on-line storage. All the invoices I write - in Word there is a handy pull down to add the date, (usually for me today's date, but not always) - so far I haven't found a way to do that on Libre as easily as I can do it in Word. Someone will now come along tell me how to. Its the same with spreadsheets - these days I have them on OneDrive and can access them from any PC. Just so handy. (You can still password documents - which is what I do) Yes, but there are loads of Ham Radio programs on GNU/Liunx, where there would be an issue is programming firmware updates or memory dumps. you're going to need Windows for that for sure.
Presumably, this "OneDrive" functionality requires the two PCs to be connected in some fashion...
I haven't seen a pull-down menu for invoice cells in Google Drive spreadsheets (for a date, etc... as you say) and yes, that would be a handy thing. It may exist, or maybe not... I dunno.
Not to change the subject, but does anyone think that Microsoft is charging OEMs significantly less for Windows 10 licenses, at least maybe using a sliding scale where the Windows license is cheaper if it's pre-installed on low-end hardware?